Monday, March 31, 2014

On : No attention has been paid to it,’ say Abu Dhabi residents of underground bins - The National Dt. 31 March 2014

It is indeed sad to note many high profile innovative initiatives instituted within the city die its own natural death within a very short time. These bins, the toilet system etc are straight forward examples. This has to be studied by the authorities and reason to be found out, whether they are not accepted by public or whether technical defaults are the causes for failure.

As regards to waste bins, it is a hygiene concern as many maintenance staff bring down the waste and then spread them down in front of the dust bins before they deposit it into the tall waste bins. They do it, either to segregate the metallic or saleable items from the waste or for several other reasons. Whatever it is, the action results in spreading the area with waste sediments which remain there till a cleaning unit comes and washes away.

A closer look at this issue has to be done by the authorities to keep the city neat and clean.

To read the original article and the letter on it, please visit The National online.

Have you ever tried to photograph a Mynah?

Have you ever tried to photograph a Mynah. If not ask them to pose for you. They love to get clicked. Especially, when it is by a Passionate Photographer. Share the link, invite your friends and family who are interested in photography to join and present their clicks without inhibition.

Picture of rain explained dangers - The National Dt. 30 March 2014

Picture of rain explained dangers

The front-page photograph by Silvia Razgova in the March 27 issue of The National conveyed several messages.
First of all, the rain was unexpected at this time of the year. Secondly, it was perhaps a record day for the UAE police and emergency teams with hundreds of accidents recorded on Wednesday. No wonder so many taxi drivers decided to pull over rather than risk their lives on the road, as the picture showed.

Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Grating at Jebel Hafeet needs repairs - Gulf News Dt. 30 March 2014

Grating at Jebel Hafeet needs repairs
Reader is concerned about the safety of people visiting and littering at the same time

Ramesh Menon  Gulf News reader Published: 17:30 March 29, 2014

•             Image Credit: Ramesh Menon
•             A grill has fallen down at Jebel Hafeet and is a hazard.

On my visit to Jebel Hafeet, Al Ain a few days ago, I found a series of safety and environmental hazards.

One section of the grill near the restaurant is broken and taken down by some people. This gives a dangerous opportunity to those people who are passionate about taking group photographs and venture to the edge.

While I was there, I saw a group of people taking seriously dangerous steps and clicking photographs without thinking of the danger ahead of them, if they slip.

I also found many venturing to the steep mountain ahead and trekking. With rain and strong winds, these pathways are dangerous and accidents can happen any time. There are also possibilities for other hidden dangers of the unknown kind. And it does not end there. Those who venture out throw plastic cans and bottles.

I humbly request the authorities to take urgent measures to close the grills and install necessary signboards to keep the area clean at all times.

The reader is based in Abu Dhabi.

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

An inspiring story - Gulf News Dt. 28-03-2014

An inspiring story.

I consider myself lucky to have visited the final day of the Abilities ME Exhibition and Conference, the first of its kind that offers support for the provision of education and awareness to people with special needs and disabilities. There were many interesting presentations and stalls. However, one young and vibrant person offering visitors an explanation about her stall caught my attention. She was Nilofar Saleem. A few years ago, I had met her when she was a student at Manzil, a centre for special needs in Sharjah. Then I met her at the same centre, when she became a staff member. Now, four years later, I was meeting her at this exhibition. I noticed several changes in her attitude. She was more confident and put on her trademark smile when I approached her. She is a person with global development delay (a person diagnosed with having a lower intellectual functioning than what is perceived as normal). Once she recognised me, she told me all about her new job and life. She now works with one of the leading banks in the UAE that has supported her to develop into a self sufficient young individual. It is an inspiring example of how an institution can groom an individual to become a breadwinner for a family and look ahead in life. How many organisations would be willing to support individuals like Saleem to find a firm footing in life?

From Mr Ramesh Menon Abu Dhabi

Need to help out - Gulf Today - Short Take - 29 March 2014

Need to help out

Life is so unpredictable and several times we get to meet people from different walks of life who are in dire straits.

We often feel we are the ones who are suffering without any respite but when we listen to those around, we realise our sorrows are nothing when compared to theirs.

It was in one such instance when I met a young person. He is struggling, with a job that is not permanent and wife suffering from cancer.

As he was talking to me, calls were coming in from collection units of banks for delayed payments. Helpless as he was, he tried to explain his situation.

But, they were not in a mood to listen.

They had their own targets and were suspecting whether he was genuinely expressing his situation or trying a trick with them to delay the payments.

Life around now is not a one-off situation as this young one. There are many.

There is need for more responsible involvement from community organisations to safeguard the welfare of the expatriates.

Residents should be made aware of excessive borrowing than what they can afford, and at the same time, there should be a collective mechanism to step in voluntarily and help those who are in need of emergency medical need.

Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi

To read it in original, please visit Gulf Today online

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Drivers must obey rules in wet weather - The National Dt. 27-03-2014

Drivers must obey rules in wet weather

There has been bad weather once again and multiple accidents on our roads (Heavy rain causes traffic delays and flooding throughout UAE, March 26).

It looks as if some people are determined to prove that whatever the authorities do to promote road safety, they will never change.

The scenario on the Dubai to Abu Dhabi road is the same every day. Even in wet weather, I see many drivers tailgating, driving above the speed limit and reading messages or texting while at the wheel.

The authorities should encourage road users to promptly alert them using 999 or another emergency contact number if they witness dangerous driving. At the same time, maintenance teams should ensure that they place adequate warning signs when there is roadwork happening.

If there is bad weather or other dangerous driving conditions, police, road transport authorities, radio stations and both du and ¬Etisalat should alert motorists.

I strongly believe that until and unless we are able to change drivers’ attitudes, our roads will never be safe.

Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi
Letters to the editor, The National
online 26/03/2014
in print 27/03/2014

To read it in original, please visit THE NATIONAL online.

Monday, March 24, 2014

A bench with no place to sit - Khaleej Times - Dt. 24 March 2014

I believe and propagate through Passionate Photographers group on Facebook that every photo clicked is history. There will be a message or a story behind it. Some told, some untold. The above just an example of how some anti-social elements can damage public property that can be a danger to children and elderly. It is not an image wish to be seen around in a beautiful city. Hope, the authorities will repair and replace it soon as necessary requests have been made to highlight it to them.

Part of a Park, Ride and Click project. A Page 3 listing for an HSE effort.  Inspiring.

Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Dangerous driving - Gulf Today, Dt. 22 March 2014

Dangerous driving

After a meeting in Dubai, I was returning back home to Abu Dhabi. It was Thursday around 10:50 pm and the road was busy with drivers either returning home or were visitors to Abu Dhabi for the weekend.

I was crossing the Shahama area of the E11 Dubai – Abu Dhabi road. Roadwork was going on in that area. It is my routine to drive within the speed limit on the 2nd last lane and always watch out for dangerous movements happening behind through all the three mirrors.

Suddenly, I noticed a car coming in extremely fast, flashing the light several times, half through the ambulance and half through the fast lane.

He came and passed in a flash, so much so that I was unable to even identify the type of car or its number.

His driving created a dangerous feeling in my mind. I was aware of the roadwork a kilometre away and the road narrowing ahead.

My mind prompted me to call 999 without any hesitation. Promptly, the central unit of the UAE Police picked up the call. I explained to the officer that I was witnessing a dangerous driving situation on the road.

Upon identifying the route, the officer transferred the call to probably the unit in charge of the particular section. All this time, I was on hands-free and talking to them as I drove ahead. By the time he was able to zero in on the location, I reached ahead to the location where the roadwork was happening.

I noticed several metal particles on the road and then saw at least five cars damaged badly. One of them was on fire. I realised that I had just escaped! If I were one minute ahead, I would have been in that crash!

The officer was still on the phone and I told him, “Sir, no point now. The accident I was trying to avert has already happened. It looks like a major one. Please send the rescue team.”

I am sure he was speeding all along the way. If there was one other person who noticed this dangerous driving and was there to call and alert the UAE Police on 999, a few kilometres before me, it could have been a different story.

Until and unless we are able to change the attitude of these one-off dangerously crazy driving minds on our roads, it will never be safe.

Ramesh Menon

To read it in original, please visit GULF TODAY online.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Invitation to attend "Rainbow Charity Bazar" - on Friday, 21st March 2014

Ms. Zeina Abdo and her charity organisation "Smile for Hope" is conducting a "Rainbow Charity Bazar" on 21st March 2014 at the residence of Italian Ambassador in Abu Dhabi. The event is also supported by "Women Charity without Borders".

Smile for Hope is a NGO in Nepal to support paediatric cancer patients and their families in their plight.

This fundraising effort, “Smile for Hope” in association with "Women Charity Without Borders", a group of very active Italian Women, supported by the wife of HE the Italian Ambassador to the UAE. This collaborative effort have led to a series of events, started in early February and will culminate with a Spring Market at the residence of His Excellency the Ambassador of Italy, on March 21st .

100% of the funds collected are directed towards the execution of the projects, and for 2014, they have two major ones, asides from treating patients:

1- Optimal Health Programme in conjunction with the North Carolina State University: during the month of July, approximately 10 students will be joining the association in a remote area of Nepal, screening the health of hundreds of schooled children, and delivering basic hygiene training. If any of the child found with serious ailments, he/she will be treated under "Smile for Hope's umbrella

2- Building of a 6 bed treatment and welcoming home for these little pure souls coming to Kathmandu with their parents, to fight cancer.

The event flyers presented here will give additional information.

In case you need more information, kindly contact Ms. Zeina Abdo on Phone 050 622 00 92 or email

Ms. Abdo is a women who love taking challenging projects in life. You may read on Abu Dhabi mum scales peaks to raise climate awareness.

Kindly visit, support and make this event a success.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Watch them flower - Reader Picture of the day - Gulf News Dt. 17 March 2014

Watch them flower - Reader Picture of the day - Gulf News Dt. 17 March 2014

Have you ever watched the Date Palms flowering process. If not, watch them from now on. The trees have started flowering. 

Normally, the process happen after the second quarter of every year. But the last year, weather and nature was not kind enough and as a result, the palm trees did not flower during that time. These two important factors - Weather and Nature, always influence my photography. 

This year the UAE has been blessed with perfect weather and thus the trees have achieved their natural vegetation state.

It is time for you to take out your camera, identify a palm tree of your choice and photograph it every week, as the flowers grow and become a full fledged date fruit, which is harvested when it becomes ripe.
Enjoy your experiences as winter gives way to summer and all the related events occur.

It will be a good observation-cum-photography experience if you track it and also a great team activity with your friends and family. 

It will be a good experience for children to observe Nature and the seasonal changes and to observe and realise how nature announces the arrival of the seasons in its own way.

Since it is spread out over a period of four months, it will be also a test to find out how patient you are towards your short term and long term objectives.

For more on this activity, please visit and join:

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Jebel Hafeet Descend

Al Ain Jebel Hafeet descend on a rainy day. Beautiful, serene and one of the must visit place in the UAE. Video taken using Samsung S4 Zoom mounted on to the car and listening to one of my favorite music station Radio 4 Hum Fm on a Friday afternoon.

A Park, Ride and Click project by Passionate Photographers.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Time management - Short Take - Gulf Today - Dt. 15 March 2014

Time management 

The saying “Change is an Opportunity” is always a management principle to be tested and tried.

Indeed, it is being done by a group of newly-elected executive members of India Social and Cultural Centre, Abu Dhabi.

A mix of young and old, experienced and novice, are trying their best to bring in a change to instill added interest and participation among its members.

To try it right from the first step is always a good move.

It was the first event on this Thursday. Bringing in a big change and may be for the first time in the history of the centre, they kept a strict agenda on the timing of the event. The door opening time and programme schedule were announced repeatedly and they made sure it was followed. Not a bad turn around too from the members who were keenly following this move. Instead of a long wait to see the curtain rise, we watched the show open as announced at 8:30 pm.

Time management is very important and this move is refreshing.

Now, what?

A sustained and dedicated effort throughout their term maintaining this vigour is the next big challenge.

Ramesh Menon

To read it in original, please visit GULF TODAY online.

Abu Dhabi annual rainy day - video by Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi

It has been a routine to take photo and video of the rain that happens in Abu Dhabi for the past several years. Simply because, it is rare and it is THE MOST BEAUTIFUL thing I enjoy getting it. It is always one-off, it will remain so too. Just like the current bowling performance of Indian Cricket team - a one-off rare burst of six wickets by Ishant Sharma. A beauty to keep in mind for a long time. For all those who missed it, here it is.

However, when it rains, I get worried and try and reach home as early as I can, as it is the most dangerous time to be on the road. Many who are on the road doesn't know how to drive safe when it rains.

Safety First - let that be our motto. Start Early, Drive Carefully, Reach Safely. Keep reminding.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

From Tourist Club to Al Zahiyah

Its weekend and time for all to explore Abu Dhabi. Tourist Club - no more the same as it is officially changed to Al Zahiyah. Many changes happening, starting with the name change, old buildings getting demolished in order to give way to new ones, new roads, more cameras.... it goes on. The good or bad thing about Abu Dhabi is once it is gone, gone for ever. You don't see it again. All for good.

Abu Dhabi Mall from near and far

So once again another evening, another weekend, and time to take some rest and call friends and family. For many expats, a same routine.. In this photo above, a newspaper delivery boy sitting behind his cycle and calling someone. They work 7 days starting as early as 3:00 am. I know this as I get my newspapers delivered well before 4:00 am every day. Truly unsung heroes.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Photography Opportunity - "Our Story of the Date Palms"

Photography Opportunity - "Our Story of the Date Palms"
Have you ever watched the Palm trees flowering process. If not, watch them from now on. The trees have started flowering.

Normally, the process happen after the 2nd quarter of every year. But the last year, weather and nature was not kind enough and as a result, the palm trees did not flower during that time and now only they are flowering. These two important factors, Weather and Nature, always influence photography.

Now, they are in favour blessing the UAE weather and it’s natural vegetation.

It is time for you to take out your camera, identify a palm tree of your choice, photograph it every week, as it flowers, and the flower grow and become a full fledged date fruit and then it ripes and then it is harvested. You may get almost 12 - 16 weeks to see the process. Enjoy clicking as much as you can, post them here. 

Do not finish it there, do write your experiences, as you click the process, the life that happens, during the time, interesting period, as winter give way to summer and all the related events happens. Best wishes, Each one of you can submit as many photos as you can, but per week only one best click of you will be selected and then end of the project, 16 best clicks as a collage.

It will be a good observation cum photography experience if you track it and great team activity with your friends and family.

You may click them from wherever you are in the UAE. Opt to choose the growth sequence in one or two selected trees.

A display of this wonderful natural event and the result of your efforts submitted to Passionate Photographers group on Facebook is planned in mid 2014 when this seasonal cycle gets completed with the dates ripe, mature and fall down announcing the arrival of Christmas and another year end.

For parents with children and schools interested or not interested in Photography, this will be a very good exercise to have them observe the nature, the seasonal changes and to observe and realise how nature announces the arrival of the seasons in its own way. Since it is spread out during a period of four months, it will be also a test to find out how patient you are towards your short term and long term objectives.

Thus, to create an interactive interest among parents/children/teachers, photos of participating children below age 16 will be separately displayed and appreciated.

At the end of the project, those children who are participating in this event are welcome to write a short story - not less than 300 words - on their experience of capturing the season that passed by while photographing for this event.

A maximum of 16 photos, i.e. 1 photo per week for the next 4 months on the subject. 16 photos selected by each member / each month, ie March, April, May, Jun, clicks could be submitted. All photos will be exhibited digitally and best ones will find its way into an exhibition scheduled during a special occasion. 

Photos taken using Mobile Phones also can also be submitted.

Time Frame for clicking : 4th March 2014 – 4th July 2014.

Please post your clicks marked for this event on to the special event created at Passionate Photographers group and also email the soft copy of it to with the subject line:
 Photo Competition - "Our Story of the Date Palms" 

Please note to observe the time and date you click along with the GPS location of your object, for jury to identify it before the exhibition.

Original high resolution files will be required to be submitted at a later stage with full information of the photo and photographer.

Files should not be modified or altered with.

Please share it with your friends and family who may be interested.

Please do not hesitate to contact me in case you have any further clarifications.

 To view the event page on Facebook, please visit Passionate Photographers group on Facebook.

For any further queries, please contact - Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi on Phone 050 8122319

Welcome to participate and Best wishes in advance.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Motorists endanger lives of others - Gulf News Community Report - Dt. 10 March 2014

Motorists endanger lives of others

Reader raises concern over motorists stopping in the middle of the road and causing blocks.

By Ramesh Menon, Gulf News reader
Published: 16:52 March 9, 2014

There are several ways one can invite accidents. I witness one such situation very often.

It occurs just in front of a mall in the Tourist Club Area of Abu Dhabi. Many a times, cars stop to pick or drop passengers, delivery vans stop to off-load items, or even tourist buses stop to drop people.

The extreme right line is the place where all this is happening. This is a road where traffic exists at all times during the day and these violations create blocks and near misses.

The concerned authorities should come out with a mechanism or safety system to alert and avoid the recurrence of this practice.

To read it in original, please visit GULF NEWS online.

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Saturday, March 8, 2014

My comments : Decreasing overall speed should be goal of radar The National Dt. 09 March 2014

A driver can also be pulled over and issued a fine by a traffic policeman, who use both marked and unmarked patrol cars.

“I’ve seen a heightened police presence on Saadiyat highway and the road towards Mussaffah when you drive through Salam Street last year,” said Ramesh Menon, an Abu Dhabi resident for 25 years.

“But these days many have resorted to speeding, tailgating and reckless driving since no one’s there to stop and fine them.”

To read this in original, please visit THE NATIONAL online.

Letter on: ‘Only a miracle’ can save Michael Schumacher' - Gulf News Dated 08 March 2014

It is indeed a shocking news. I have been following him all these years. Although not supporting his team, I am a fan of his driving style and fighting spirit. Especially the sport which he was participating requires tremendous physical and mental strength and focus. He remained and conquered all his tracks but left his focus on safety at another place. His accident is a reminder to all of us. Safety is not an item to be ignored at any single moment of our life. I sincerely pray he come back to his normal self and gradually take part in day to day activities and then at least do some role in the Formula 1 race, for all those who followed him, loved watching him race on all the available tracks in the world. God bless.

Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

To read the related news in original, please visit GULF NEWS online.

Letter on: Pupils allowed to smoke in school - Gulf News Dt. 08 March 2014

Thank God!, It is in UK and not in UAE. I wish it is not followed here. Having said that, I can say, even now I do get to see regularly children of a reputed school, smoking hiding behind buildings in front of their school and before they enter their school gate daily. Talking to the groceries nearby and reprimanding them to not give any cigarettes to students, I feel, these are easily available at sources who do not care. Parents have a big role as well as teachers at schools too to check whether children are indulging in this. If parents or teachers are in the smoking category, no luck for who speak against smoking. According to me, smoking and specially, smoking in public is strictly injurious to others health and mind, not if to those who do it.

Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
To read the related article and this letter in original, please visit GULF NEWS online.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Shining example - Gulf Today - Short Take - 08 March 2014

Shining example

Passion for photography has taught me a lot of things. From keen observation to contributions for the welfare of the society, there are no limits for a lensman.

Last week, with a view to unwind, I thought I should go out and play some sports. Cricket was an option. I went ahead and as usual carried my camera too.

 I met a man, about 25 years old, and he was there with me to click along. I started a conversation with him. He is a student of Architectural Engineering in Dubai. His parents were here, but they had to leave when he finished school. In order to continue his education and support his parents, he stayed back, and took several part-time activities, including RJ jobs, computer graphics and photography.

Over a period of time, he became an established photographer doing independent events. With his pooled income from all these activities, he now continues his studies.

Talking to him, and rather allowing him to talk, I learnt quite a lot about photography, from his perspective and about his worldly experience, the experience of a 25-year-old trying best of his efforts to come up in his life.

This person, who introduced himself as Akbar, has proved to be an inspiring youth. With such ambition and determination, youngsters can sure shine.

Ramesh Menon

Gulf Today - Short Take - Dt. 08 March 2014
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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Letter on: I don’t blame my son, it is not his fault, grieving father says - Gulf News Dt 05th March 2014

The comment by a student here make a deeper insight to several things happening among the children including their thinking pattern. It also bring to our attention several questions. Why we see an increased suicidal tendency happening in children in the UAE.  Is it due to parental negligence, lack of time or any other financial issues related to parents which are indirectly affecting children. Or is it due to some kind of unwarranted treatment or bullying happening at the school either by teachers or other students? Or rather is it due to an increased influence of tv or cinema showing suicides. Children are much knowledgeable these days as they have easy access to electronic media and are aware of everything happening in this world. Parents and schools have equally important role in grooming them to be a socially involved person, who does not get affected easily by minor or major situations affecting them in their day to day life. In the past, we grew up in an school system where a child from a very small age get proper attention from his teacher, who in all probability see him grow till he finishes his higher classes. The teacher also by his experience and close interactions with the parents, know what kind of upbringing the child gets from home. The frequent changes of teaching staff that may be happening within schools and shortage of experienced hands to impart value added education apart from the prescribed curriculum is a bigger threat to the future of our young generation. Since both the recent case of suicides involved Indian students and related to some unknown reasons connected with examinations, I humbly suggest the Community Affairs and Cultural Wing of Embassy of India to initiate necessary guidance programmes, talk shows to children at schools and at various community centres by eminent counsellors available within UAE and from India.

To read it in original, please visit Gulf News online.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Letter on: Special needs employees add life to work place

It is indeed a great humanitarian gesture to promote employment of those with special challenges in life. Having associated with such children and adults for many years, I know their feelings when someone appreciates their little efforts to be one among us in the normal daily activities. Opportunities should be considered for them in the field of ticketing at bus stations, registration desks, etc. Look forward to more support to this special group from all individuals and organisations. It should be included as one of their Social Responsibility objective. God Bless.

Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

To read the related article and this reply, please visit GULF NEWS online.

Letter on : Children rescued after Fujairah school bus blaze - Gulf News Dt. 03 March 2014

I sincerely congratulate the bus staff and teachers who managed the situation well to avoid any danger to the children present at the time of the incident. It is not an easy task to evacuate 30 plus kids with one exit door. As regards to the comment supporting villa schools, our children are already deprived of many sports and recreational activities if they continue to remain in the cramped villa facilities. More space to move around, play and breath fresh air is the need of the hour for our children. Indeed, traffic safety is a matter of concern when the schools does not follow proper regulation to transport children to and from school to home. However, it is not an impediment to their education. Think of our days, where we had to walk, change buses and study, and the new age kids, who get into the bus from the door step to the school door. I am sure, any child who is in a villa school will display the difference in overall attitude and educational progress, when he or she gets a move to a school with better space and infrastructure than the age old villas. Toilet facilities, danger of fire (there are several examples, which do not get reported) and other medical and psychological hazards of being in a tiny environment add more damage to the child's growth. Safety does not remain alone, and it is a combined element along with Health and Environment, and definitely need greater awareness for it.

Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
To read the related article and this letter in original, please visit GULF NEWS online.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Window cleaner shows need for zero tolerance on safety - The National Editorial Dt. 02 March 2014

Window cleaner shows need for zero tolerance on safety
National Editorial

March 1, 2014 Updated: March 1, 2014 17:15:00

Nobody who saw the photograph taken by Ramesh Menon of the window cleaner untethered on a thin 13th floor ledge of the Abu Dhabi Mall building last week could fail to have been shocked by the man’s casual disregard of his own safety. This was all the more unsettling because the necessary safety equipment was provided but was not used.

An understandable initial reaction might be to lament what seems to be the lack of progress made to improve the safety of workers in the UAE but on reflection, there are positives that emerge from this incident.
One is that the photographer recorded the incident then reported it to the mall management rather than simply shrugging his shoulders at obvious dangerous conduct. Safety is everyone’s job and Mr Menon showed that members of the public are not going to turn a blind eye to it.

Another is that the cleaning company had its contract terminated. This zero-tolerance policy is essential, even though it might seem tough when the company provided all the equipment to do the job safely, only for it to be ignored by the worker. But employers must account for workers with little education who will be tempted to risk their own safety to make life easier. Only then will safety really improve.

To read it in original, please visit THE NATIONAL online.